We Just Became An ESOP....But What Does That Mean?
Jul 6, 2018
We want you to join our team. Not only is it a special place to work, Melink became an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 2018 and here’s what that means to you as an employee of Melink.
Melink is unique. An ESOP is a rare and valuable benefit. Melink offers this unusual opportunity for employee wealth building.
Another unique feature at Melink is that it is provided to employees with no out-of-pocket cost. And is a qualified defined contribution retirement plan that is invested primarily in the common stock of the sponsoring company. Unlike a 401k plan, which requires an employee to contribute his or her own money, there’s no cost to employees.
Melink’s ESOP directly correlates to our company culture. We act like a start up every day and our ESOP helps us to further build our ownership culture that rewards people both monetarily and intrinsically. Employees are part of something bigger at Melink, because everyone is working to build his or her (and everyone else’s) successful future. Increased company performance typically leads to a higher share price and therefore a higher balance in employee ESOP accounts. Simply put, when the company does better so will our employees. The ESOP plan provides a return on their sweat equity.
At Melink, we value our employees’ ideas, opinions and inputs to successfully serve our customers and growing the business. Melink is building and sustaining an environment that fosters an ownership culture.
Meet Allison Sternad, Marketing Manager
May 21, 2018
Melink Marketing Manager
What is your personal philosophy?
Look for opportunities to leave the world a better place.
What did you do before coming to Melink?
I was a digital marketing manager for a software suite for the automobile industry and I was a marcom manager for a building products company. I have always had a love for communication and telling a brand’s story.
What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?
The people and the culture hands down. It probably sounds repetitive to what everyone else said, but it is so true! We are a big family here; we support each other, challenge each other, and truly enjoy being around each other. When your office is basically your second home, it is nice to be surrounded by amazing people and a welcoming environment! It truly is a Great Place To Work!
What do you like to do in your time off?
I love to be active outside, especially with my kids! We love to play sports, go on bike rides and walks, and enjoy picnics at the park. I also run quite a bit. While I can’t say it is my favorite thing to do, I love challenging myself and running really pushes me mentally and physically. Plus, there is something amazing about touring your city during a run!
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I played ice hockey growing up both competitively and recreationally. I was even on the same team as my brother through high school!
What are you most proud of?
My kids. Watching them grow absolutely blows me away and I have learned more than I ever thought possible from them. I love hearing their views on current topics and seeing their personality blossom through conversations. Also, their perseverance and attention to detail is beyond anything I could ever imagine. That is mostly a good thing until they remember what you promised them last year! They may be young but they are mighty and I am confident they will make great things happen.
What are your hopes for our industry?
That renewable energy becomes mainstream. That people don’t stop trying to make a change because it is against the grain or “too hard”. Nothing worthwhile comes easy and we have to continue questioning, researching, and innovating.
Motto or personal mantra?
It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
Steve Melink presents the 2017 Xavier University Commencement Address
Aug 17, 2017
Steve Melink gives the 2017 Xavier University Graduate Commencement Address and emphasizes the importance of integrity in developing a personal brand. Like corporate brands, nothing is more valuable and indicative of future success than one’s reputation. Based on his experience, success and happiness depend more on living a life of integrity than chasing jobs and money. Find your purpose and pursue it with passion. The world needs transcendent leadership now more than ever.
Steve Melink is a national clean energy expert with three decades of successful experience as founder and CEO of Melink Corporation. He also is author of the book CEO Power & Light: Transcendent Leadership For A Sustainable World.
Greater Cincinnati businesses can lead despite Paris climate retreat
Jul 11, 2017
President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. The backlash was immediate, significant and deserved.
The agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This was a landmark achievement in a fractured world. More countries agree on the why and how of fighting climate change than how to battle terrorism.
Furthermore, the agreement was supported by many of the largest and most successful companies in the U.S., including Apple, Google, Microsoft, P&G and General Electric. Most major U.S. universities and many religious groups also urged the president not to withdraw from the agreement.
President Trump justified his decision by saying jobs would be lost. But the opposite is true. The greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century is a global shift to clean energy. The solar and wind power industries are growing by double digits and far outpacing new jobs in coal and natural gas. New batteries and electric vehicles are leveraging these industries. Tesla, for example, is now worth more than GM and Ford.
China, however, is leading the world in clean energy research, manufacturing and deployment. In fact, China’s leadership and investment are resulting in the U.S. becoming increasingly dependent on it. This means our national economy and security are at risk in the name of sovereignty, coal and politics.
More importantly, our global health and environment are at risk. Climate change is universal and irreversible. And it is largely caused by human activity, based on the research of 97 percent of climate scientists around the world. (Despite what they say, politicians, fossil fuel companies and the media do not know more about this than the scientific community.)
The logical extension of our planet warming 4-8 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century is that it will continue even faster next century. This will result in many plant and animal species becoming extinct and higher sea levels slowly flooding coastal cities.
What is our opportunity and risk mitigation strategy? Where government fails us, businesses can lead and win. Pivoting to clean energy will get us on the right side of history. This will make our corporate brands stronger so we can attract and retain the best talent. Renewables will also secure for us the lowest long-term cost of energy, because the fuel sources are free.
Therefore, Tri-State businesses should consider five simple strategies to successfully compete in the 21st century:
– Divest of fossil fuel and utility stocks and mutual funds that impede a clean energy future. Invest instead in clean energy stocks and mutual funds.
– Reduce your enterprise carbon footprint 50 percent by 2025 and 100 percent by 2035. This can be accomplished by investing in energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy, onsite and offsite.
– Purchase clean power rather than brown power from utilities.
Invest in workplace charging stations to promote electric vehicle use by your employees.
– Push similarly high standards and expectations on your supply chain.
Move over, politics. Businesses will step up and save the world. Future generations will thank us for this ultimate legacy.
As seen in the Cincinnati Business Courier.
Steve Melink's 30th Anniversary Keynote - The Clean Energy Revolution
Jun 6, 2017
Steve Melink celebrates his company’s 30th anniversary by inviting partners and friends to join the clean energy revolution. The U.S. led the flight, computer, Internet, and every other age of the 20th century, but risks losing the biggest opportunity of the 21st century to China. The world’s population growth from 7 to 12 billion will not be sustained by fossil fuels. For economic, security, health, and environmental reasons, the U.S. needs to pivot to clean energy. Fortunately, the business sector is starting to lead the way to attract Millennials and build brand power. Solar and wind energy, along with battery storage and electric cars, are the way of the future. Kick the
fossil fuel habit and become a leader in your industry and community by doing the right thing for the planet and future generations. Not to mention your children.
A Letter To Employees From Steve Melink Regarding The Paris Climate Agreement
Jun 2, 2017
MELINK DEVELOPS VAST SOLAR FARM FOR NC COUNTRY CLUB
Dec 1, 2016
We recently completed our largest solar array project to date. At 5.25 megawatts, it will produce enough solar energy to power over 500 homes annually.
Melink is certified by the International Trade Council
Nov 18, 2016
As of August 2016, Melink is a Qualified Accredited Manufacturer of the International Trade Council.
Melink quoted in ohio renewable energy story
Oct 17, 2016
A recent article published on October 17, 2016 by Cincinnati.com titled Ohio produces less renewable energy than Kentucky. Is that okay?, quotes Steve Melink.
Melink awarded 2016 Goering Center Award for Private & Small Business
Oct 3, 2016
Melink Corporation certified as a Great Place to Work
Aug 12, 2016
Based on our 2016 company-wide survey, 91% of Melink Employees rate Melink as a great place to work.
STEVE MELINK'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY KEYNOTE - THE CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION
Jun 6, 2016
Steve Melink celebrates his company’s 30th anniversary by inviting partners and friends to join the clean energy revolution. The U.S. led the flight, computer, Internet, and every other age of the 20th century, but risks losing the biggest opportunity of the 21st century to China. The world’s population growth from 7 to 12 billion will not be sustained by fossil fuels. For economic, security, health, and environmental reasons, the U.S. needs to pivot to clean energy. Fortunately, the business sector is starting to lead the way to attract Millennials and build brand power. Solar and wind energy, along with battery storage and electric cars, are the way of the future. Kick the fossil fuel habit and become a leader in your industry and community by doing the right thing for the planet and future generations. Not to mention your children.
CEO Power & Light' intriguing new executive book
Nov 5, 2015
National clean energy expert and corporate CEO Steve Melink also is an author with an urgent global message. His book CEO Power & Light is now available and already on its way to becoming a business classic on transcendent leadership.
Melink is presented 2015 Ohio EPA Environmental Excellence award
Oct 8, 2015
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Bulter presented 10 Ohio organizations with Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards. The E3 program recognizes businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in the Buckeye State for going above and beyond to demonstrate environmental excellence.
Melink Visited By Ukrainians Studying Green Practices
Sep 3, 2015
A delegation of Ukrainian government workers traveled to the U.S. to learn how Greater Cincinnati recycles, uses solar energy, filters water, and generates heat and electricity. They visited Melink Corporation, which sells its clean energy solutions to customers like Walmart and the Cincinnati Zoo.
Meet Steve Melink of Melink Corp.
Jun 15, 2015
Steve Melink is featured as a person to know in the energy industry.
Steve Melink Awarded 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Ohio Valley Region
Jun 4, 2015
Steve is awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the manufacturing solutions category
Op-Ed: Utilities On Wrong Side of History
May 27, 2015
Steve Melink presents a call to action to Senator Portman regarding Ohio’s advancement in clean energy.
Amid energy law freeze, Ohio solar market stalls
Sep 18, 2014
Melink Corporation in Milford, Ohio, is already shifting its business focus. The company’s previous solar energy projects in Ohio include a 6,400-panel array at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Melink Partners with Equity Industrial Partners Corp. to Utilize Extra Space for Solar Facility
Sep 15, 2014
Melink Corporation recently developed and installed the largest rooftop solar PV system in the Midwest on property owned by Equity Industrial Partners Corp. (EIP).
Cincinnati Zoo Spotlights Solar Energy
Jul 8, 2014
A giant solar panel canopy, constructed by Melink Corporation, is exceeding expectations by cutting electricity costs for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. At the same time, 1.5 million visitors each year get an up-close look at clean energy.
Melink Is One of Three Clermont Companies Recognized for Manufacturing Excellence
Jun 9, 2011
The awards recognize companies that have shown success in five key areas: creating great workplaces, designing new products, making breakthroughs, charting growth, and creating jobs.
Melink Receives 2010 Renewable Energy Project of the Year Award
Jul 9, 2010
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) confers prestigious awards each year to individuals and organizations that have achieved national and international prominence in promoting the practices and principles of energy engineering and energy management.
Steve Melink Featured In Cincinnati For Being Green
Jan 1, 2010
To many, he is Cincinnati’s Mr. Green Jeans. Those in the green movement all say that Melink is the man to see. Ohio Governor Bob Taft and Ted Strickland both made visits to his Milford-based headquarters.